Queen Albums In Order Of Release Date
Queen Albums In Order Of Release Date start with Queen in 1973 and end with Made in Heaven in 1995. They are the second-best-selling Rock band of all time.
Formed in 1970, the band comprised Freddie Mercury on the vocals and piano, Brian May on the lead guitars, John Deacon on bass, and Roger Taylor on drums for the entirety of their recording career.
From the Progressive and Hard Rock leanings of their earlier days, they started to move into a more conventional and radio-friendly Arena and Pop Rock as they gradually became more and more popular.
However, the unifying factor throughout their eclectic career was Mercury's soaring, undeniable vocals, and the instrumental virtuosity of the band. With 15 studio albums to their name, Queen still reigns as one of the best bands in all of Rock history.
Queen Albums In Order Of Release Date
|Album Name:||Release Year:|
|Sheer Heart Attack||1974|
|A Night at the Opera||1975|
|A Day at the Races||1976|
|News of the World||1977|
|A Kind of Magic||1986|
|Made in Heaven||1995|
|Release Date:||July 13, 1973 (UK)/ September 4, 1973 (US)|
|Most Streamed Track:||Liar (29 Million)|
Queen Albums In Order Of Release begins with their self-titled debut. The album was released via EMI Records in the UK and Elektra Records in the US.
It was supported by two singles: Keep Yourself Alive, which was released on July 6, and Liar which was released on February 14, 1974. The record charted in the UK (#24), Australia (#77), Japan (#52), and the US (#83).
Queen has since achieved Gold certification in the US and the UK. During its release, it saw mostly positive critical reception.
2. Queen II
|Release Date:||March 8, 1974|
|Most Streamed Track:||Seven Seas of Rhye (82 Million)|
Queen II is the next on Queen Albums In Order. The band's sophomore record jumped up to the Top 5 on the UK album charts.
It also jumped up the US charts where it reached up to #49 and was their first album to chart in Norway. The record was supported by only one single Seven Seas of Rhye which was released on February 23, 1974, and had been teased as the last song on the previous album.
Despite a favorable chart success, the record initially saw a very mixed critical reception, and even now is seen as a lesser album compared to their future works.
3. Sheer Heart Attack
|Release Date:||November 8, 1974|
|Most Streamed Track:||Killer Queen (662 Million)|
Sheer Heart Attack is Queen First Album to achieve a Platinum certification in the UK. It went Platinum in the Netherlands and Gold in the US and Japan.
For many, this record is seen as the beginning of the band as we know them now. Unlike their previous two records, this one was more pop-centric, and even produced one of their biggest and most beloved songs, Killer Queen, which was released alongside B Side Flick of the Wrist.
The album peaked at #2 on the UK charts and made it to #12 in the US.
4. A Night at the Opera
|Release Date:||November 21, 1975|
|Most Streamed Track:||Bohemian Rhapsody (2 Billion)|
A Night at the Opera is the fourth album in the Queen catalog. It is also their first album to peak atop the UK Album charts.
The record achieved Platinum certification in the UK, Germany, and America. In fact, in the US, it went Platinum 3 times and even peaked at #4 on the Billboard 200.
The main reason behind this album's success is what might be the band's biggest song, Bohemian Rhapsody. The track is 10x Platinum in the US alone.
5. A Day at the Races
|Release Date:||December 10, 1976|
|Most Streamed Track:||Somebody to Love (761 Million)|
A Day at the Races is considered by many to be a companion piece to the previous album. It too topped the UK albums chart.
Like its predecessor, it managed to achieve Platinum certification in the US and reached Gold in the UK and the Netherlands. The album was supported by an unprecedented five singles released from November 1976 to June 1977:
- Somebody to Love
- Tie Your Mother Down
- Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together)
- Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy
- Long Away
6. News of the World
|Release Date:||October 28, 1977|
|Most Streamed Track:||We Will Rock You (1 Billion)|
News of the World achieved 4x Platinum certification in the US. It is also their first album to chart higher in America than in the UK.
The album topped the French and Dutch charts and made it onto various Top tens in many countries. It was supported by three singles:
- We Are the Champions/We Will Rock You
- Spread Your Wings
- It's Late.
Both the A and B side of the first single have gone on to be two of the band's greatest and most beloved songs.
|Release Date:||November 10, 1978|
|Most Streamed Track:||Don't Stop Me Now (1.5 Billion)|
Jazz is the last album the band released in the 1970s. It managed to peak at #2 in the UK and #6 on the US charts.
The record was their fourth in a row to get a Platinum certification in the United States. It was supported by four singles too:
- Bicycle Race/Fat-Bottomed Girls
- Don't Stop Me Now
Jazz is one of the highest-rated albums in the entire Queen catalog, and is still remembered as such. The title is said to have been inspired by the Montreux Jazz Festival which the band attended.
8. The Game
|Release Date:||June 30, 1980|
|Most Streamed Track:||Another One Bites the Dust (1.5 Billion)|
The Game is the first Queen album of the 1980s. It also was their first album to peak in the US, a feat they also achieved in their native UK.
As with News of the World, this record also achieved 4x Platinum certification in the US. Now a tradition, the band once again supported the record with five singles:
- Crazy Little Thing Called Love
- Save Me
- Play the Game
- Another One Bites the Dust
- Need Your Loving Tonight
9. Flash Gordon
|Release Date:||December 8, 1980|
|Most Streamed Track:||Flash's Theme (9 Million)|
Flash Gordon is the ninth album and only soundtrack album Queen ever made. It was made for the science fiction film of the same name.
Despite being a soundtrack record, it still managed to chart at #10 in the UK and #23 in the US. The album actually managed to top the charts in Austria.
It was supported by only one single, Flash, and has since become seen as a non-essential record by many fans.
10. Hot Space
|Release Date:||May 21, 1982|
|Most Streamed Track:||Under Pressure (1.3 Billion)|
Hot Space is the tenth album in the now extensive Queen catalog. It managed to peak at #4 in the UK but only #22 in the US.
Alongside Flash Gordon, Hot Space is the first album in over half a decade that did not achieve Platinum certification in the US, where it only went Gold.
Part of the reason why is that the album's incorporation of Disco made it a bit unpopular, despite the fact that it was supported by six singles:
- Under Pressure
- Body Language
- Las Palabras de Amor
- Calling All Girls
- Staying Power
- Back Chat
11. The Works
|Release Date:||February 27, 1984|
|Most Streamed Track:||Radio Ga Ga (468 Million)|
The Works is the eleventh studio album in the Queen discography. It was also their first since 1975's A Night at the Opera to go Platinum in the UK.
The album peaked at #2 on the UK Charts, and while it only reached #23 in the US, it managed to make it into the Top 3 of five other countries.
The record was supported by 4 singles, all of which are still very popular:
- Radio Ga Ga
- I Want to Break Free
- It's a Hard Life
- Hammer to Fall
12. A Kind of Magic
|Release Date:||June 2, 1986|
|Most Streamed Track:||A Kind Of Magic (198 Million)|
A Kind of Magic would see Queen once again return to the top of the UK charts. The album was a huge success in their native country.
It achieved over 2x Platinum status in Britain, which ran counter to its success in the US, where it peaked at #46 the lowest they've charted in over a decade. Still, it did achieve Gold certification in the States.
The album was supported by a staggering seven singles:
- One Vision
- Princes of the Universe
- A Kind of Magic
- Friends Will Be Friends
- Pain Is So Close to Pleasure
- Who Wants to Live Forever
- One Year of Love
13. The Miracle
|Release Date:||May 22, 1989|
|Most Streamed Track:||Breakthru (59 Million)|
The Miracle continued their hot streak as it also peaked in the UK charts. Their success in the US also fared better as it peaked at #24 there.
The record would continue the band's Platinum certification streak in the UK too. Alongside the UK, the record would top the Austrian, German, Dutch, and Swiss charts.
It would be supported by five singles:
- I Want It All
- The Invisible Man
- The Miracle
|Release Date:||February 4, 1991|
|Most Streamed Track:||The Show Must Go On (359 Million)|
Innuendo was the last album by the band to feature Freddie Mercury prior to its passing. The singer lost his life to AIDS 10 months after the record's release.
As with the last two albums, this one also peaked atop the UK charts and achieved a Platinum certification there too. It was supported by five singles:
- I'm Going Slightly Mad
- These Are the Days of Our Lives
- The Show Must Go On
15. Made in Heaven
|Release Date:||November 6, 1995|
|Most Streamed Track:||Too Much Love Will Kill You (90 Million)|
Made in Heaven is final in the Queen Albums List In Order. Despite being released after his passing, it still features Mercury's vocals.
Peaking the UK charts, it is the band's most successful album in their native country where it has been certified 4x Platinum. It saw multiple Platinum certifications in various other countries like Germany and Australia to name a few.
The record was supported by six singles:
- Heaven for Everyone
- A Winter's Tale
- Too Much Love Will Kill You
- I Was Born to Love You
- Let Me Live
- You Don't Fool Me
Are All The Members Of Queen Alive?
Queen famously lost their lead singer and frontman, Freddie Mercury back in 1991. Though the rest of the members are alive, John Deacon retired in 1997.
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